Mecklenburg County Linked Database. Appendix V. Racial Differences in Recidivism Rates


Racial differences in rates of return to Work First were analyzed for 18 exit cohorts from 1995-1997.  The proportion of each cohort who returned to the program is recorded in the following tables at six-month intervals by race.  In 1995, all exit cohorts, with the exception of June, showed similar exit rates between whites and non-whites.  By 1996, differences in recidivism rates for whites and non-whites become somewhat more pronounced, with a greater proportion of non-whites returning to the program.  In 1997, every cohort showed a significant difference in recidivism rates between whites and non-whites.  However, the 1997 analysis is based on only 12 months of data.